Tissue and Ink Background Technique

Using tissue paper (the crafting kind) is super fun to use to make backgrounds. There are many ways you can use it.


I’m going to show you how to use it with a stamp and an ink pad, plus spray ink.




Materials needed:


Plain tissue paper (for crafting or gift wrapping)

Background stamps

Ink pads

Spray inks



First, add ink to your background stamp:



You can use a brayer for more even coverage if you want.


Stamp the tissue paper.


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Crumpled up your stamped tissue one or more times.





Add Modge Podge or other adhering medium to where you want your background to be.


In my case, a little journal book.





Place the crumpled tissue on top of the glue medium and kind of squish it around so there’s bumps for more texture.





Trim the tissue around the edges of your page or canvas as needed.





Spray your tissue covered background with various spray inks.

- here is another background tutorial using paint and spray inks.


I usually like to add 2 or 3 different colors of spray ink to one background.






And here is a page using the background in my newest art journal. The theme of it is “good life advice.”


A word about the above journal page: I have ADHD. I think most people who also have ADHD might tell you that making lots of mistakes is common. Remembering to learn from them is also an issue. However knowing things like the self talk above is always helpful. I found an article about 12 Things To Remember The Next Time You ‘Mess Up’ that will help keep you from beating yourself up too much.


So, what are some other tissue backgrounds that you know?




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